Already Famous

My precious children and their reaction as they hold the first copies of The Crystal Keys: Champion of Destiny.

Probably the most frequently asked question I get right now is, “What are you going to do when you are famous?”

Ummm . . . probably the exact same things I already do right now. Drive the same dorky mom van, raise chickens, and love my husband and children fiercely.

Because the truth is, I already am famous.

Not long ago, my 10-year-old daughter looked at me with huge, excited eyes and asked me, ”Mommy, are you on the New York Times Best Seller list yet!?”

Nevermind that the The Crystal Keys: Champion of Destiny had not even been released yet! It didn’t matter in her mind.

In her eyes, I have already succeeded.

I am already famous.

My hand and my daughter’s hand holding the book together. A very precious moment.

And because my children believe it, it is true. I don’t need a hundred or even a million strangers to tell me that I have created something beautiful—I already know.

When they look at me with those adoring eyes and see a Mommy who fought through adversity; a Mommy who refused to give up; a Mommy who faithfully worked hard to accomplish a lifelong dream—

I have already won.

I am already famous.

It doesn’t matter if one or a million sets of eyes read the book.

What matters was the look in my children’s eyes when they held the first copy of The Crystal Keys in their adoring hands.

What matters is the hugs, screaming, and wild dancing we did when the UPS man walked away and we shut the door.


Perhaps I will never sell a single book. And that’s okay; I am already famous.

Or perhaps I will someday gain what the rest of the world deems as success.

And if by some miracle that should actually happen, I humbly pray that—

I do not let the world and success change me; but rather, I use my success to change the world.

There have already been many incredible moments in this journey. It would be hard to pick a best.

But tonight when I cuddled up beside my firstborn and read the first chapter of my first book . . .

That was simply priceless beyond compare.

Her eyes glowed, her face registered pure joy, and she clung to my arm and every word as I read aloud a masterpiece created from the love of two hearts—her Mommy and her Great Uncle.

She was beside herself that she was the first person to ever read the printed version of the book, and she dubbed it, “The greatest thing that has ever happened!”

Preparing to read my first book to my firstborn child.

That, dear friends, is the kind of fame that all the money in the world cannot buy.


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